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California: District Court Denies CCPOA’s Motion for Summary Judgment

In February 2010, in a case alleging breach of contract and defamation on the part of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), the nation’s largest union of correctional officers and an organizational member of Corrections USA (CUSA), a non-profit corporation which represents and advocates nationwide on behalf of publicly employed correctional officers (including CCPOA), the Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton, senior Judge of the United states District Court for the Eastern District of California, denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment.

Finding that defendants engaged in “misrepresentations of evidence,” cited “wholly irrelevant” evidence and presented facts that were “disjointed and lack[ed] logical connections,” Judge Karlton was forced to expend “significant time and energy” sorting through the “so-called facts.” He addressed defendants’ contentions that plaintiffs, whose relationship(s) with CUSA had been severed, had “unclean hands” (because they supposedly planned to take over CUSA and misused CUSA property); that the defamation claims were barred by California privileges and immunities; and that the contracts allegedly breached were illegal and unenforceable. Judge Karlton found that defendants fell considerably short of carrying their burden of proof under Fed.R.Civ.P. 56. See: Dawe v. Corrections USA, No. CIV. S-07-1790 LKK/EFB (E.D. Cal.).

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Dawe v. Corrections USA